Academic journal article The Arkansas Historical Quarterly

The Devil's Lane: Sex and Race in the Early South

Academic journal article The Arkansas Historical Quarterly

The Devil's Lane: Sex and Race in the Early South

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The Devil's Lane: Sex and Race in the Early South. Edited by Catherine Clinton and Michele Gillespie. (New York: Oxford University Press, 1997. Pp. xx, 274. Contributors, introduction, epilogue, suggested readings, notes, charts. $16.95, paper.)

The Devil's Lane: Sex and Race in the Early South connects to a road less traveled in historiography. The editors, Catherine Clinton and Michele Gillespie, have assembled an impressive set of essays to produce a splendid volume that places sex and race at the heart of southern colonial history. Clinton and Gillespie have arranged the book in four parts: Broad Strokes, The Upper South, The Lower South, and The Gulf South. Much of the success of this particular collection can be credited to the editors' cleverly written introductory essay and epilogue, which bring unity to the project.

The seventeen contributors include such distinguished veterans of the historical profession as Carol Berkin, Paul Finkelman, Joan R. Gundersen, Betty Wood, and Peter H. Wood and such relative newcomers as Kirsten Fischer, Jon F. Sensbach, Cynthia Lynn Lyerly, and Diane Miller Sommerville. Others are: Kathleen M. Brown, Virginia Meacham Gould, Gwendolyn Midlo Hall, Kimberly S. Hanger, Jane Landers, and Peter Wallenstein. Peter H. Wood's essay, "'The Facts Speak Loudly Enough': Exploring Early Southern Black History," and Carol Berkin's, "Clio's Daughters: Southern Colonial Women and Their Historians," provide valuable perspectives for a volume of this nature.

The original essays contained in this volume examine such topics as slander, infanticide, and spousal murder. Matters of crime and punishment and interracial sex as well as the complicating influences of religion and even a community's response to the presence of a hermaphrodite are considered in these pages. …

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